Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the home of the tango, some of the world’s best beef and reputable with producer of fine wines. There are many more reasons to plan a trip to Argentina but today we would like to share with you two new reasons that make it more attractive. First, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, famous with its award-winning low-cost long-haul flights will launch flights to the South American country. And second, Argentinian government announced some incentives for all international tourists.
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA will establish a unit in Argentina with 10 Boeing 737 narrow-body jets by the end of this year and expects to transport between 2 million and 3.5 million people in its first full year of operations in the country.
The carrier has applied for an air-operating certificate from authorities in the South American country and is now seeking rights to serve domestic routes there. The network would link up with planned flights to Buenos Aires from cities such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm using Boeing 787 wide-bodies.
Norwegian Air formed an operating company at the beginning of 2017 to found a network in Argentina after earlier extending its discount model from European short-haul flights into North Atlantic operations.
Argentina's domestic airline industry is currently dominated by state-owned Aerolineas Argentinas SA [AERA.UL] and Chilean Latam Airlines Group SA. Long-haul bus routes connecting the country's major cities and tourist destinations remain a popular form of travel.
Since taking office a year ago, Argentine President Mauricio Macri has pledged to attract international investment to boost the economy and improve the country's transportation infrastructure, including airports. In September, the government said it would invest US $1.39 billion to modernize the country's airports in part to boost passenger capacity.
Additionally, the government of Argentina announced on January 2nd that all international tourists planning a visit to the South American nation will receive a direct and automatic reimbursement of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from their hotel and lodging stays across the country.